George McClintock Anderson

January 3, 1921February 14, 2013

George McClintock Anderson, one of Raleigh’s most colorful and affable attorneys, passed away (peacefully) Thursday, February 14th at age 92. Mr. Anderson’s legal and political career, his service to his community and his service to his church spanned sixty active years.

Graveside Funeral Rites will be held Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27612. Funeral Rites will be held Tuesday at 1:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 120 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. The family invites everyone to fellowship with them at First Presbyterian Church following the service.

Mr. Anderson, oldest son of Robert Luther and Estelle Catterson Anderson, was a proud native of Edgecombe County, North Carolina. His ‘homeplace’, as he referred to it, was outside of Leggett, North Carolina. The family had a farming business and a General Store in Whitakers, North Carolina. He preferred helping his father in the general store to farm labor.

George received his early education in the Edgecombe County schools and went on to earn his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and his Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University. During his college years he launched valued friendships with future Senator Robert Morgan and Senator Jessie Helms. Mr. Anderson told the News and Observer in 1977 that during his college years, students were required to greet each other. Throughout the rest of his life, this kind of friendliness was a constant and familiar attribute of George Anderson’s outgoing and dynamic personality.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Anderson served honorably in the United States Air Force (1942-1945) and the United States Army Reserves (1948-1950).

In these same years surrounding World War II, George met Frances Lucile Collins. Frances was the daughter of Joseph Linton Collins and Lucile Lupton Collins of Edenton, North Carolina. The couple married December 31, 1945 in the Methodist Church in Edenton, North Carolina. Their marriage thrived 59 years.

George Anderson opened his private law practice in Raleigh in 1951. (He had served previously as assistant Claims Manager with George Washington Life Insurance Company in Richmond, Virginia.) George held many positions during his distinguished law career. He served as Assistant Solicitor of Wake Superior Court, he was instrumental in the organization of the Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers and served as the first president . He was active in the Wake County Bar Association and North Carolina Bar Association. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Wake County Bar Association. George was also founder of the Senior Survivors, a well-known group of older attorneys in Wake County. He was one of Wake County’s most active criminal attorneys.

Attorney George McClintock Anderson represented the state and hundreds of clients in state Superior and District Courts. He also spent considerable time in Federal Courts. In 1977 he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve as U.S. Attorney-Chief Federal Lawyer-for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He served in that capacity until 1981. George was a well-known character in downtown Raleigh. A man of indefatigable spirit and untiring love for people, Christmas was his favorite time of year. He changed from his trademark impeccable dress to a Santa Claus costume for local businesses and the Courthouse.

Politics and law were essential to George’s life. His introduction to politics began with work in the campaign of former Governor William B. Umstead. He was one of John F. Kennedy’s Wake County political strategists in his 1960 presidential campaign. George never minded being a political participant in behind the scenes campaign efforts. He did not seek the limelight but rather thrived in having the privilege of being part of the political process. He made two runs for North Carolina State Representative himself, but was unsuccessful.

He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church. A devoted member of the Vanguard Church School Class, he also belonged to the Early Birds and attended regular Sunday service and Sunday school. He was ordained an Elder in 1977 and awarded the honor of Elder Emeritus on December 18, 1994. His minister, Bob Inskeep, described him as a “pillar of the church in the truest sense”.

George was predeceased by his parents, his beloved wife Frances Collins Anderson, sisters, Ila Fugate and Evelyn Maurice and son-in-law Vance Heafner. He is survived by three daughters, Paige Anderson Heafner, Pamela Jo Anderson and Cheryl Lynn Anderson. Also surviving are his cherished grandchildren, Elizabeth Paige Heafner, Allison Frances Heafner, Christopher Lee Dionne, Megan Victoria Dionne, Kirsten Collins Russell, Kelsey Anderson Russell, Kayla Marie Russell and one great grandson, Ashton Lee Dionne. In addition, his sister Carolyn William survives. George also leaves over twenty nieces and nephews whom he loved like his own children.

The family appreciates floral tributes or donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church and Hospice of Wake County.


  • Commital Service Tuesday, February 19, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 19, 2013

George McClintock Anderson

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Lois Krawczyk

March 2, 2013

My Aunt Alma spoke often of our Anderson Family. My prayer if for God's blessings as you grieve the loss of this special family member. Reading his obituary gives me an idea of just how special he must be to his family and friends. God Bless!

February 20, 2013

Dear Anderson Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your father. I, too, am devastated by the loss of a good friend.
I wanted to share a special memory with you. I was George's last secretary before he retired. I typed the "infamous summons: for Bob Inskeep. That was quite a day - he was so excited about his practical joke. He so wanted to be there to see the look on Bob's face.
But his sense of humor didn't stop there. He know of my love of flowers and would often give the flowers from the table at the Wednesday church lunch. (so enjoyed those lunches with him and had wonderful discussions of the sermons too). But one day, there were no flowers. When we left the church I told him how absolutely beautiful the red and white camellias were along the side of the church. So he asked if I wanted one with a twinkle in his eye. I said OK (who would say no to George?). So he tried to pinch one off, but the stem wouldn't give. So he pulled down the branch to his face, gripped the stem in his teeth and bit it off! And he stood there with it between his teeth like a tango dancer! Then he calmly handed it to me. I was laughing so hard I could hardly accept it. The camellia sat proudly on my desk for a week.
He was an amazing man, full of life and humor and a terrifie friend. I am honored to have known him.
With sympathy,
Marion McElroy

Dick Heidgerd

February 19, 2013

As a young lawyer, George was one of my heroes. He exemplified all that was right in the legal profession, kind and courteous to all but a firm advocate for his client. God bless you, George.

February 19, 2013

Pamela, thinking of you and your family and sending love and prayers.
Kathy Lilley (Winterville,NC )

Michelle Bailey

February 19, 2013

You touched so many lives with your humor and kindness. You were a "light" that shined for me and others at the Wake County Courthouse. You always brightened my day. You will be dearly missed. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

William Miller

February 19, 2013

George is one of my favorite people and always will be. He made me feel at home at First Presbyterian Church in a very genuine and fun way. I will miss him very much, but will always remember him for his kindness and gentleness.

Karen Fugate

February 19, 2013

He will be greatly missed by so many in this world but has been joyously welcomed with open arms by so many in the next. Heaven is definitely a happier and funnier eternal home because he is there. I'm so blessed to have had him as my uncle.

Sarah Anderson Johnson

February 18, 2013

Pamela and Paige, Praying for you and your families this week as you grive the loss of your dad. Our dads were cousins on the Anderson side. My dad, Buck Anderson, died in 1991.

February 18, 2013

I have lost my friend. I will miss him.

Robert B. Morgan

Debbie Hammersla

February 18, 2013

Cheryl, keeping you and your sisters in my prayers. You were so much like him always the life of the party with humor and wit! He told me he taught you well! Love you.